How to Get Liquid Eye Liner off Clothes

Liquid eyeliner can accidentally transfer onto clothing during application. While eyeliner complements facial features, it detracts from a garment's appearance. Liquid eyeliner consists of preservatives and pigments, which leave oily stains on fabric. Like other oily stains, liquid eyeliner requires swift removal to prevent the pigments from diffusing through the fabric's fibres. Old eyeliner stains are generally more difficult to remove than fresh ones. Fortunately, you can get liquid eyeliner off clothes using basic supplies.

Apply a pea-size portion of prewash laundry stain remover directly to the eyeliner stain. Let the stain remover permeate the stained fabric for one minute.

Set the washing machine on a cool water setting. Add oxygen bleach to the water according to the label's instructions. Place the stained garment in the machine and wait for the entire washing cycle to complete.

Remove the garment from the wash machine. Examine the fabric for remaining eyeliner. If the stain remains, place a non-dyed towel on the back of the affected fabric.

Pour 1 tsp of dry-cleaning fluid onto the towel. Let the fluid permeate the towel and absorb into the remaining eyeliner stain. Allow the fluid to dry on the garment.

Repeat the first two steps to completely wash out the eyeliner stain and dry-cleaning fluid.

Lay the garment flat and let it air-dry completely.


Substitute heavy-duty washing powder for the prewash laundry stain remover if the stain is stubborn.


Test the dry-cleaning fluid on a small, concealed portion of the garment to prevent discolouration.

Things You'll Need

  • Prewash laundry stain remover
  • Washing machine
  • Oxygen bleach
  • Non-dyed towel
  • 1 tsp dry-cleaning fluid
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